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A Good Night’s (And Mood’s) Coconut Oatmeal Porridge

Paras kookoskaurapuuro

Here I am again, with a porridge recipe. But what’s wrong with that? Porridges are wonderful! A great alternative to raw porridges are the more traditional warm porridges, especially when you cook them into coconut milk and choose the grain for the porridge best suited for your own needs. Changing the main ingredient of the porridge also affects the redeemable health benefits: this time I decided to go for tryptophan.

Despite the budding summer, I’ve been noticing a lot of stressed out people around (myself included), and I haven’t been the only one in my near circle complaining about troubles getting enough quality sleep. I don’t remember springs usually being this hectic, but it seems to be quite a common problem – maybe it’s that time of the year when people are trying to get things out of the way before leaving for summer holidays?

Well, whatever the cause of the hurry and hubbub, and occasional sleeping problems, there are many things that can be influenced. I’ve occasionally also used tryptophan, which helps us to relax, and eventually turns into serotonin and melatonin in our body. This time I preferred to have my tryptophan in a more natural form, and when I thought about it more carefully I noticed myself actually craving this tryptophan-loaded porridge portion. And, I must say, I slept super well!

A Good Night’s Coconut Oatmeal Porridge

(2 portions)

2 dl gluten-free rolled oats
4 dl coconut milk
1 dl water
2 handfuls of pumpkin seeds (ca. 30 g)
2 small bananas
honey

1. Cook the porridge according to the instructions on the package, but replace 4 dl of the water with coconut milk. Stir.
2. When the porridge is ready, chop in the bananas, throw in the pumpkin seeds and the honey. Enjoy your porridge, preferably in good company. The perfect, soothing evening meal!

This porridge contains a load of tryptophan, so the best time to enjoy it is in the evening. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid for human beings, and it is needed to build proteins, but as said, it also forms into a neurotransmitter and our dark hormone. In general, I often advise people to save the high GI carbs for the evening, when you can enjoy their calming effect, instead of suffering through tiredness after not so refreshing choices during lunch. The coconut milk in this porridge brings an extra softness to the texture, and the honey and banana act as natural sweeteners.

Yum!

Tuulia xx

Paras kookoskaurapuuro

’Laid Back’ Evening Porridge

Laid back - iltapuuro / Wellberries

The ’Laid Back’ evening porridge is a near perfect evening meal. It calms, relaxes, and tastes soothingly soft. The mellow coconut, oat, and sweet blueberry taste separately wonderful, but together make a superb mix. The ’secret ingredient’ in this recipe brings a touch of balance to the nervous system, and it contains melatonin. This combined with the tryptophan oat meal porridge naturally contains the ’Laid Back’ evening porridge is perfect for calming down before bed time and helping us to fall asleep.

Let’s not keep the secret ingredient a secret any longer: I’ve hidden a dose of Terranova’s Oat & Cherry Super Blend powder in the blueberry chia seed jam! I love to pimp up foods, and this product deserved to be combined with something already soothing and calming.

The Terranova Oat & Cherry Super Blend contains green oat grains and cherry that naturally contains melatonin. Green oat, on the other hand, has traditionally been used to calm a restless mind, so the combination doesn’t sound all that bad, now does it? Luckily I no longer have troubles sleeping, but my mind does tend to make its rounds during the evening when I should rather be letting go of the day’s event and stop planning the coming day. With this porridge relaxing feels a bit easier no matter how busy a day I’ve had, and I fall asleep without problems.

Spring always seems to be a busy time, but luckily the sun boosts up our days with some extra energy, and by making sure we sleep well it’s easier to manage even the busiest days without stressing them over. We often have this porridge last thing in the evening, and I must say: I simply love this evening meal!


’Laid Back’ Evening Porridge

(for two)

2 dl gluten-free oat rolls
4 dl coconut milk
1 dl water
0,5 Tsp salt

Jam:
200 g thawed / fresh blueberries
2 Tbsp chia seeds
vanilla powder
1 Tsp Terranova Oat & Cherry Super Blend
a sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon

1. Crush the blueberries with a fork and mix in the chia seeds and vanilla powder. Stir well and let the ingredients soak while cooking the porridge.

2. Mix the coconut milk, water and the rolled oats in a pot, add salt. Cook the porridge, stirring it once in a while, for about 15 minutes. When the porridge is ready, let it cool down for a moment.

3. Add one teaspoon of the Oat & Cherry Super Blend into the blueberry chia seed jam, and stir well.

4. Enjoy the warm porridge with the super healthy jam. If you feel like it, add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top!

Wishing you calm, relaxing and soothing evening moments,
xxx

Laid back - iltapuuro / WellberriesLaid back - iltapuuro / Wellberries

The recipe was created for Terranova.

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